verb phrase


noun Grammar.

a group of words including a verb and its complements, objects, or other modifiers that functions syntactically as a verb. In English a verb phrase combines with a noun or noun phrase acting as subject to form a simple sentence.
a phrase consisting of a main verb and any auxiliaries but not including modifiers, objects, or complements.

Nearby words

  1. verandaed,
  2. verapamil,
  3. veratridine,
  4. veratrine,
  5. verb,
  6. verb. sap.,
  7. verbage,
  8. verbal,
  9. verbal adjective,
  10. verbal auxiliary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for verb phrase

verb phrase


grammar a constituent of a sentence that contains the verb and any direct and indirect objects but not the subject. It is a controversial question in grammatical theory whether or not this constituent is to be identified with the predicate of the sentenceAbbreviation: VP
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